Callahan said that he wanted security for his young family that they wouldn't be bouncing around.
Brooks says that Callahan at first was asking for $6.4 million a year over 7 years, the Rangers were at five-years and $6 million per year and then the Rangers "hemmed, hawed and agreed" to six-years at $6 million per year, but would not agree to the no-trade clause.
Callahan said that he really wanted to stay with the Ranger sand had so much pride about being the captain and growing up a Ranger.
For more on Callahan's contract talks last year, CLICK HERE.
Adam Rotter: One of the interesting things that I noticed while looking at Callahan's numbers was how little he is playing on the PK. This has to be one way in which Tampa Bay is protecting an asset they invested six-years and a no-trade clause in. I don't think you can really compare Callahan's situation down in Tampa to how it would be with the Rangers had he stayed. For one, Callahan is playing on a line with Steven Stamkos who is, without a doubt, one of the four best players in the world. Callahan gets to be the guy who is open while everyone goes to defend Stamkos.
Callahan also noted in his talk with Larry Brooks about his role with the Rangers, a role that was never able to develop because Callahan spent so much of last season injured or recovering from being injured. He lost his spot on the PP as well as a top-six spot because he was rarely, if ever, at 100%.
Hindsight, last night and how he is playing sure makes it look like the Rangers should have kept Callahan but there was a ton of risk for the Rangers in potentially having another Chris Drury, great leader but with a broken down body, on their roster/cap with no way to get out. I'm really happy for Ryan Callahan, one of the best, and one of my favorite, Rangers of the last 10 years, but they made the right decision in moving him.